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Mozart - Il Re pastore (2007)

Kresimir Spicer , Annette Dasch , Thomas Hengelbrock  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kresimir Spicer, Annette Dasch, Marlis Petersen, Arpine Rahdjian, Andreas Karasiak
  • Directors: Thomas Hengelbrock
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I8OFLE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Hours of Pure Magic January 16, 2007
Halfway through this remarkable collection of all Mozart operas on DVD taped in Salzburg in 2006 comes a ravishing, miraculous "Il Re Pastore". This "Pastoral Serenade" for benevolent kings, shepherds and green landscapes has an appalling libretto. The music Mozart manages to write out of this nonsense is again nothing short of miraculous.

And the way the conductor/director Thomas Hengelbrock manages to bring these five cardboard characters to life is again nothing short of a miracle.

Hengelbrock being a musician, his production is essentially very musical, sober, sometimes on the verge of austerity. 5 singer/actors decide to "role play" Il Re Pastore. Every one of them is allocated a character and off they go. The stage is divided in two parts. The "real life", colourful bit at the forefront, and the black-and-white stage in the background, which is where most of the ensembles and arias take place. Every aspect of this production is very elegant, from the gracious silhouettes of landscape, sheep and soldiers, all screened in the background, to the superb costumes of Mirella Weingarten.

Musically, this is one of the best casts of the collection so far. Annette Dasch and Marlis Petersen have beautiful, very identifiable voices: their duet at the end of Act I is a masterpiece of balance, lyricism and team spirit: both singers listen to each other and this makes for a great feeling of ensemble. Each individual aria by these two ladies is phenomenal. Andreas Karasiak has a very agreeable tone, while Arpine Rahdjian has an ENORMOUS voice! Her first aria blows the roof away! Watch for her Wagner and her Strauss quite soon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Mozart's Il re pastore (KV 208) is hardly well known. This DVD shows that this serenata has more to it than youthfull charm and pastoral naïvite.

Mozart was 19 when he composed this two-act mini-opera on a libretto by the old warhorse Pietro Metastasio. The plot is from the time of Alexander the Great where we meet blue-blooded herds and an Alexander keen to give back his conquests to theire rightfull heirs. The plot is arguably less silly than many other pastorals of the time, but still a staging like that we have here gives this drama a more explicit sense of purpose.

Thomas Hengelbrock is not only conductor, he is also responsible for the staging. This proves to be a most welcome combination as it gives a sense of coherence and deep understanding of the relation between text and music that is rare.

The scenery is set against a marionette-theater whith costumes and backgrounds in black and white. It plays with the images of playing cards and underlines the message of a conflict of choice and fate, before it breaks out into a more realistic setting whith costumes in cassual clothes.

Running less than two hours and sung whith a clear vision of the characters this is a treat of a performance. Thomas Hengelbrock conducts the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble whith fire and gives both the instrumentalist and the singers the space they need to give the music free rein.

The singers Marlis Petersen (soprano, Elisa, a noble girl (/nymph)in love with Aminta) and Annette Dasch (mezzo-soprano, Aminta, a shepherd in love with Elisa) are particullary impressive.

The arias are clearly intended to show a rich variety of types. From Alessandro's (baryton, Kresimir Spicer) opera seria-like "Si spande al sole in faccia" (no.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites! February 17, 2008
This along with La Finta Semplice and La Finta Giardiniera are my favoites of the Mozart 22 series. Annette's voice is nice, but Marlis Peterson's is amazing! But together they are out of this world. Their duet is the best sounding amazing duet out of the whole series that I've heard so far. I love that duet so much, I have listened to it over and over again. I hope I don't burn a hole in the dvd. Marlis's other two arias are absolutely wonderful. I just love her voice. The simpliciy of the production is nice so you can focus on the great singing.
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